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Uc San Diego and IBM Launch Center For Next-Generation Digital Media to Power Tomorrow's Virtual Worlds
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Uc San Diego and IBM Launch Center For Next-Generation Digital Media to Power Tomorrow's Virtual Worlds

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has announced the launch of the Center for Next-Generation Digital Media, a new campus center dedicated to inventing...

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Ancient Cultures Are Just a Click Away

Thanks to European research, today's portals can take you to fascinating virtual destinations — both ancient and new — and all just a click away. The work allows...

Georgia Tech Professors Predict Final Four Match ­ps
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Georgia Tech Professors Predict Final Four Match ­ps

The Logistic Regression Markov Chain (LRMC), a computer-ranking system designed by Georgia Institute of Technology professors, predicts that the basketball teams...

'fashion Model Robot' ­nveiled, Already Harassed
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'fashion Model Robot' ­nveiled, Already Harassed

While that perv in the back is busy shooting HRP-4C's buttocks, the rest of us can marvel at the fact that Japan has produced a walking, talking fashion robot....

Carnegie Mellon Engineers Create Innovative Mobile Video Service to Give Sports Fans Unprecedented Access to Key Plays
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Carnegie Mellon Engineers Create Innovative Mobile Video Service to Give Sports Fans Unprecedented Access to Key Plays

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) engineers Priya Narasimhan and Rajeev Gandhi have led the development of YinzCam, a large-scale mobile wireless video service designed...

Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived
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Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived

Brookings Institution fellow P.W. Singer says in an interview that the military's funding of robotics will have ramifications in areas that people are as yet unaware...

Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords
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Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords

Computer programs that play the game of Go have advanced to the point where they can beat professional human players, as demonstrated by recent victories at the...

Digital Software Revolutionizes Our Relationship With Music
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Digital Software Revolutionizes Our Relationship With Music

Sonic Visualiser, developed at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, is a free program that produces a visual representation of music...

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Swedish Research Can Make Super Mario More Realistic

Thomas Larsson, a researcher at Sweden's Malardalen University, has developed a new approach for calculating collisions involving animated objects in computer games...

From ICT Results

Web Cubed The Network of Everything

The future Internet promises to link electronics, clothing, cars and pretty much everything in between. The upshot will be a network that can accompany and support...

From ICT Results

Serious Games for Serious Health Problems

Gamers caught a very early glimpse of the future of serious games aimed at the health sector during the PlayMancer project’s demos at the latest Vienna Science...

Robotic Computer Controlled Only by Gestures
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Robotic Computer Controlled Only by Gestures

Frederic Kaplan at the Swiss Federal Institutes in Lausanne has designed and built the QB1 computer, a PC-based robot that plays music and games and is operated...

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Math Problems + Video Games = Learning

The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in Picatinny, N.J., and the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at...

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'Cyber Footballers' Cloned

Researchers at the Carlos III University in Madrid (UC3M) have programmed clones that imitate the actions of humans playing soccer on a computer using behavioral...

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ACM Fellow Ed Catmull Garners an Oscar For Computer Graphics Leadership

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored ACM Fellow Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership...

From Communications of the ACM

A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...

Crowd Control
From Communications of the ACM

Crowd Control

Researchers are turning to computers to help us take advantage of our own cognitive abilities and of the wisdom of crowds.

Betting on Ideas
From Communications of the ACM

Betting on Ideas

Advanced computational models are enabling researchers to create increasingly sophisticated prediction markets.

Does Drm Have a Future?
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Does Drm Have a Future?

Digital rights management (DRM)  has emerged as a widespread tool to combat piracy. So far, however, DRM systems have proved highly inconvenient to consumers who...

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SIGGRAPH 2009 Seeks Live Real-Time Video Games Content

The SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival will include a segment on real-time rendering projects, in which the top selections will be played and demonstrated...
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